One of the things we did on our GS camping trip was to hike to see this rock formation that is about five miles west of Hinton. It is on private property and with the guidance of the volunteer curator from the Hinton Historical Museum we were able to go out and see it.
On a very cool and windy morning we made our way across the plain to see and hear about this rock. It was discovered in 1849 by a scout in the army as the army and civilians made there way across Indian territory with the blessing from the government to find a southern wagon trail to California.
A very eligible 17 year old Mary Conway from Arkansas was traveling with her family. She caught the attention of all the young men in the army. They did many things along the way to catch her attention, but a certain scout discovered this rock and as the wagon train grew close he rode to this rock and named it after her.
Mary accepted the scouts marriage proposal when they got to California. At the time it was illegal to live in Indian territory. The curator said the notes from this wagon train are available from the Library of Congress. The rock has deteriorated quite a bit in the last 2 years due to the drought. You used to be able to climb up one side, but some of the rock has fallen on the only way to the top.
Mary’s uncle was the governor of Arkansas at one time, and she is also related to one of the Presidents, but I can’t remember which one.
On Wednesday night at church Jemma has been attending the 6th grade Tabitha class. They have been learning about when you are a Christian, sometimes you are different. They have also been learning about leading prayers, giving talks, and leading singing. Last night the 6th grade girls at church showed off their new skills to all the ladies of the congergation. Jemma chose to give a talk about “Going against the flow.” I’m very proud of her for doing this, I don’t think I would have done something like that as a 6th grader.
She also led a song called “These are the Days of Elijah.”
The first weekend in November, Jemma and I went camping with her Girl Scout troop at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, OK.
We stayed in a cabin like this one. It had enough bunkbeds for 14 people.
As we drove into the park on a very steep and twisting road, one of the girls in my car said “Look it’s fall down here.”
Jemma has to have her hair in ringlets for the Nutcracker. Pictures are Wed. so I figured I better practice. I spent an hour rolling 1 in. sections of hair onto sponge rollers.
Here’s what it looked like from the front. She didn’t like it. She liked it more after she went to church and others told her it looked cute.
Here’s what the back looks like. Now I just need to find out how long the curl will stay in.
Jemma is dancing in the Nutcracker and I am making several costumes.
Your cordially invited to experience The Academy of Ballet and Theater Arts production of The Nutcracker. Sat. Dec. 1st at Rose State Performing Arts Theater. Performances at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Cost is $15 for General Admission Seating. I have tickets available if you would like to go. Leave a comment or call me for your tickets.
The boys decided to go as the Blues Brothers for Halloween. Here they are helping with the trunk or treating at church.
Here is Jemma and her friends. It was there last year to do the carnival games and trunk or treating at church. Next year they will be helping with everything. Jemma is a swimmer that is getting eaten by a shark. She fell in love with the shark hat a couple of weeks ago when Bill was looking for his costume at a costume store.